Author V. Karl Whitfield’s new book “Above the Clouds” is a gritty story of perseverance as a young black man navigates life in sixties-era East Texas and Detroit

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Recent release “Above the Clouds: The Back Story” from Page Publishing author V. Karl Whitfield is a riveting novel introducing Carl Allen Hampton, the son of a broken marriage whose childhood straddled the challenges of life for a young black boy in both 1960s-era Detroit and the contentious post-Brown v. Board of Education move to integrate schools in Marshall, Texas. Through the complex bonds of extended family, the vicissitudes of romantic relationships, and his drive to leverage his sharp intellect into a life of personal fulfillment and success, Carl’s journey is one marked by the choices made and important lessons learned about the realities of the modern human experience.

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V. Karl Whitfield, a Texas native and former high school football player who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wiley College and spent several years honing his sales and customer service skills in the technology industry before embarking on a twenty-year career in the real estate and residential construction business; when not working, he enjoys exercise and playing golf near his home in Dallas, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and grandchildren, has completed his new book “Above the Clouds: The Back Story”: a compelling work of realistic fiction that keeps the pages turning until its dramatic conclusion.

Carl Allen Hampton is a successful real estate developer in Detroit. Born in rural East Texas as the civil rights era ramped up, he spent most summers with his dad, Bradley, in Detroit. This story unpacks his early years growing up in an extended family and learning valuable life lessons.

For some reason, his life seems to always get turned upside down. First was the divorce of his parents, Bradley and Rachel. This dovetails right into the breakup with his childhood girlfriend, Jackie Hunt. Things get worse as he is one of the kids helping to integrate Marshall public schools as a seventh grader. Life seems to settle down, and things seem to go smoothly for a while.

He has a new girlfriend, Michelle Burns, who lives the next street over from Jackie. The summer before his senior year at Marshall High School, he’s in Detroit, working at a gas station. He bumps into Felicia Barnes, with whom he rode ten-speed bikes with a couple of summers back. She and her friend Van Howard stop by the station where he works to buy gas for Van’s car.

The city has worn him out, and he is so ready to go home. The day before he is to fly back to Marshall, he is locked up for grand theft auto! If he thought his life was upside down before he went to jail, the ride is about to get bumpier. Rachel is livid with Bradley when she realizes he has allowed him to drive the eleven hundred miles from Detroit to Marshall alone. He has problems with Michelle when she finds out a young lady named Pam Matthews, from Detroit, who attends Wiley College, made the trip with him. Then all hell breaks loose.

This book has it all, romance, heartbreak, suspense, all set in rural East Texas and Detroit.

Published by Page Publishing, V. Karl Whitfield’s engrossing book is an excellent choice for avid readers of modern and urban fiction.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Above the Clouds: The Back Story” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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